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Clayton Builds Skills for a Good Life

Clayton loves to learn. An example is his excitement towards learning the names of all the capital cities in the middle east. He is inquisitive and enjoys learning how things work, like engines. His curiosity extends to fishing, helping his mum at home, and spending time at his day program.

Clayton was living at home with his mum and two younger brothers. Like most young adults, Clayton wants to leave home and live independently.  His Everyday Independence therapy team supported him in building his daily living skills and social skills to prepare him for taking this step.

Clayton’s Therapy Team Works Together

Clayton received occupational therapy and speech  pathology. His occupational therapist, Dominique and speech pathologist, Sophie worked closely together to develop strategies that help him work towards his goals in his therapy sessions, at home and his day program. This is the Everyday Way, which has given Clayton more opportunities to build his confidence and skills where they matter the most.

To prepare for independent living, Clayton  worked on short-term goals, including:

  • following a morning routine to get himself ready (including self-care activities)
  • writing shopping lists and finding ingredients in the shop
  • learning to use a transport app to plan his route to the local shops
  • cooking simple meals and cleaning at home
  • managing his emotions – being able to understand how he is feeling and what he can do to manage them,
  • keeping safe in the community – being able to look after his belongings independently and following social cues.

Clayton’s therapy team found a range of strategies worked well for Clayton, including:

  • building the capacity of his supports at home and his day program so that everyone is working towards a unified purpose to build his skills
  • using visuals such as recipes and routines, and reminders around the kitchen to turn things off and on
  • repetitive practice of routines and activities.

Dominique said Clayton built his independence with his commitment and dedication to practising his new skills.

It’s been so rewarding seeing Clayton achieve his goals.  He constantly wants to learn and is so motivated.  His potential is truly exciting!

Occupational Therapist, Dominique

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